The Northeast Should Lead the Country in Limiting Pollution from Transportation

by: Daniel Gatti

Over the past decade, the Northeast region of the United States has helped lead the country—and the world—in supporting and developing clean, renewable sources of electricity. Taken together, the policies of Northeast states, from Maine to Maryland, have generated billions of dollars in investment for solar, wind, and efficiency. One driving force behind this investment is a regional initiative that caps emissions from the electricity sector, charges power plants for the emissions they generate, and invests the funds generated by those fees into efficiency and clean energy programs. This initiative has helped fundamentally change the region’s electricity sector: we have achieved unprecedented penetration of renewables, nearly eliminated the use of coal, and reduced overall electricity use at a time of economic expansion.

The next big step for the states of the Northeast is to bring that same sense of commitment, ingenuity and purpose towards clean transportation.

Transportation is the largest source of pollution in the Northeast region, comprising more than 40 percent of total regional global warming emissions. In addition to the health impacts associated with rising temperatures, soot and ground-level ozone from the region’s cars and trucks are responsible for more than 50,000 asthma attacks, 1,000 deaths, and other pollution-related illnesses that incur approximately $27 billion in total health costs every year. The health impacts of transportation affect all of us, but especially vulnerable are children, the elderly, and people in low-income communities (who often live in or near freight corridors).

Our transportation system pollutes because it is dirty, wasteful and inefficient. It’s also expensive. 92 percent of all transportation is powered by oil. Every year Northeast drivers send billions of dollars out of state to purchase fuel, enriching oil companies at the expense of our economy. Congestion, a growing problem in every Northeast metro area, is a waste of our time and a source of endless aggravation for Northeast drivers. 4 of the 5 states with the longest commute times are located in the Northeast. At the same time, inadequate access to affordable transportation remains a major barrier to opportunity, particularly for poor and marginalized communities, rural residents, the disabled and the elderly.

We can create a better transportation system

The good news is that we have the tools and the technologies to build a better, cleaner transportation system in the Northeast. Exciting technologies such as electric vehicles offer the promise of cars and trucks and buses that can operate without tailpipe emissions and that can be powered by clean energy. Thanks to our relatively clean grid, in the Northeast EVs can get the emissions equivalent of a 100+ mpg vehicle.

New transportation modes such as ride-sharing and automated vehicles, if given the proper incentives, have the potential to challenge the dominance of personally owned, single-occupancy vehicles and open up new possibilities for greater system efficiency. Use of public transportation in the six largest transit systems in the Northeast  has increased over 8% since 2008. And a younger generation is coming of age that shows ever greater interest in transit, cycling, and urban living.

Together, these present-day technologies and trends point towards a possible future still on the horizon.  A transportation system that does more but costs less and pollutes less. Where a network of shared, electric vehicles, working in concert with a first-class public transportation system, gets everybody where they need to go without burning a gallon of gasoline or getting stuck for an hour in traffic.

A transportation system that doesn’t contribute to air pollution, doesn’t contribute to climate change, and doesn’t concern itself with the price of oil.

Read the full article at The Union of Concerned Scientists website

Beyond Traffic 2045: What’s the Future of Transportation?

Our transportation system connects us to our work, our homes, and our friends and families. We all have different needs and different values that we consider as we make transportation
decisions—but we all value the connections that our transportation system provides. As our population grows and changes, our needs and preferences will also change. In fact, we are
already changing how we travel. Americans are walking, biking, and taking transit more than they did a decade ago. Many young Americans are choosing not to own cars—some do not even
seek driver’s licenses. We do more and more things online instead of in-person—teleworking, socializing, and shopping. These alternatives to vehicle travel are growing as traffic congestion continues to increase and vehicle travel becomes less reliable and convenient.
Beyond Traffic 2045 is intended to start a long-overdue national conversation about what our country really needs and why we need it. A draft of the report was published in
February 2015. In the subsequent 18 months it was downloaded more than 400,000 times. With thousands of comments and suggestions from engineers, researchers, transportation planners, pilots, truck drivers, transit operators, safety advocates, and disability rights advocates, among others, this final version was finally released. The report is broken up into the following subject areas:

How We Move

This section describes demographic, economic, geographic, and cultural trends affecting everyday travel. The focus is on the most common form of travel for most Americans: short-distance trips by surface transportation.

How We Move Things

This section describes emerging challenges and opportunities in the freight sector. It discusses how changes in population, economy, and technology are affecting the movement of cargo
and energy.

How We Adapt

This section describes how the transportation system is contributing to, and may be impacted by, climate change. It discusses how the transportation sector is finding ways to limit greenhouse gas emissions, as well as the challenges of developing a resilient transportation system that can withstand the projected impacts of climate change, today and in the future.

How We Move Better

In this section, discussion focuses on how technological advances, many of which have originated outside of the transportation sector and are now ready for implementation within it, are affecting and will affect our transportation system.

How We Grow Opportunity for All

Our transportation system connects people to opportunity: jobs, schools, childcare, and medical services. However, our infrastructure all too often reinforces growing economic divisions in
our society, dividing and neglecting low-income communities and enabling economic and racial segregation. This section examines the role transportation plays in creating and bridging
social divides.

How We Align Decisions and Dollars

This section explains the evolving role of government in planning, building, managing, and regulating the transportation system. It describes the financial challenges many governments are
facing and discusses how the role of government and the way transportation is funded may change.

Find a copy of the final report here

2017 Northeast Association of State Transportation Officials’ Conference (NASTO ) highlights workforce challenges & opportunitie

NESTWFC_LARGE[1]The Northeast Transportation Workforce Center (NETWC), hosted by the University of Vermont Transportation Research Center, brought it’s exhibit to the 2017 NASTO conference in Philadelphia, PA, July 10-12. This year, under the leadership of NASTO President Leslie Richards (PADOT), the challenges and opportunities facing the  transportation workforce was highlighted in both a set of panels and in the opening remarks of AASHTO president David Bernhardt, which are reprinted with permission below. An excellent discussion, facilitated by former USDOT secretary Mary Peters, featured leaders from NE state DOTs and FHWA, and was followed by a second panel, also facilitated by Mary Peters, of students from the Philadelphia region, pursuing academic paths leading to hoped-for careers in the field. It was an excellent format stimulating much conversation and connections for future action.

Check out our pictures from the event, along with the opening address from Commissioner David Bernhardt, here.



Computer Coding is Leading the Transportation Revolution

On July 5th, Volvo became the first automaker to announce that by 2019, all vehicles sold by the automaker will be electric or hybrid. While automakers have dabbled in the field of electric and autonomous vehicles, this step by Volvo is significant in that it shows us how close the automotive revolution truly is. Volvo attributed their decision to their company’s emphasis on safety and environmental responsibility, Connected Vehicleshoping to reduce the emissions output of their entire fleet.

With that in mind, the most recent large scale safety implementation is coming from another European company, Volkswagen. Volkswagen announced the same week that they would be partnering with Nvidia to expand its usage of artificial intelligence and deep learning technologies throughout their car lineups. Volkwagen’s luxury brand, Audi, is expected to roll out their first self-driving cars by 2020 powered by Nvidia technology. The emphasis for these new cars is not simply connectivity but an emphasis on “machine learning” in the hopes that the cars will not only be safe to begin with, but also have the ability to “learn from experience”. Dr. Martin Hofmann, Chief Information Officer of Volkswagen Group says: Artificial intelligence is the key to the digital future of the Volkswagen Group. We want to develop and deploy high-performance AI systems ourselves. This is why we are expanding our expert knowledge required. Cooperation with NVIDIA will be a major step in this direction.”

While Nvidia, one of the largest producers of compute graphics cards in the world, already has a large talent pipeline of computer scientists, they are hoping to attract the next generation of coders to wield dual interests in both transportation and coding. To that end, Volkswagen and Nvidia have announced their efforts to sponsor a “Summer of Code” camp for high performing students with qualifications in IT, mathematics, or physics will have the opportunity to develop deep learning methods in teams and implement them in a robotics environment.

As robotics and coding become more and more integral to new transportation technologies, the types of careers that fall under the transportation industry umbrella widens. What used to be a career tree limited to engineering and construction is now open to anyone with an interest in computers, protecting the environment, and much more. While this is extremely positive for the possibility of attracting more young students to transportation careers, the industry must also make efforts to advertise the relationship between the two. Whereas 50 years ago someone starting a civil engineering major in college had a reasonable idea of what their career may be afterwards, the same is not true today for someone beginning a career in computer science, due to the synergy that exists between all the disciplines.

Computer coding has become and will remain the fastest growing field of study for the foreseeable future. However, given the myriad of opportunities that exist, the transportation industry should make special efforts to engage these students. This includes transportation groups and at the state and federal level, professional organizations in transportation, and private industry partners. With two major car companies already looking to adopt electric and autonomous vehicles in the next two years, the question is not whether or not the transportation revolution is going to happen, but whether or not the industry is ready for it.

Every week, NETWC highlights a program that helps promote workforce development needs. Whether its emphasizing on transportation jobs, opportunities for veterans, the advent of alternate fuel technologies, or engaging more with women and girls, our spotlight focuses on the best successes from around the region. Check out at list of our recently highlighted programs below.

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US DOT Women and Girls in Transportation

Since WITI’s inception, US DOT has developed relationships with 118 colleges and universities. WITI has successfully assisted more than 300 young women from across the country through internships and mentoring opportunities in transportation industry businesses. US DOT’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization’s (OSDBU) 13 Small Business Transportation Resource Centers (SBTRC) administer the program.


3 Reasons to Hire a Hero

As thousands of American employers know, hiring veterans is a smart move. There are more than 7 million veterans in the U.S. labor force, meaning they’re either employed or actively looking for work. If you’re curious about working with veterans, here are three great reasons to hire one:


Forget Autonomous Cars; Autonomous Ships are Already Here

The Women In Trucking Association (WIT) is proud to announce that Insights Success magazine has named Ellen Voie, its president and CEO, as one of the “30 Most Empowering Women in Business.” Voie founded WIT in 2007 to promote the employment of women in the trucking industry, remove obstacles that might discourage women from considering a career in transportation, and celebrate the successes of association members. WIT has grown dramatically over the past decade and now exceeds 4,500 members.

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Women In Trucking Association CEO Named One of the “30 Most Inspirational Leaders in Business”

The Women In Trucking Association (WIT) is proud to announce that Insights Success magazine has named Ellen Voie, its president and CEO, as one of the “30 Most Empowering Women in Business.” Voie founded WIT in 2007 to promote the employment of women in the trucking industry, remove obstacles that might discourage women from considering a career in transportation, and celebrate the successes of association members. WIT has grown dramatically over the past decade and now exceeds 4,500 members.

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Container shipping takes on digital initiatives

“Maersk’s partnership with IBM, announced in March, to develop blockchain solutions for freight is one example of potential mutual benefit. According to one estimate, shippers spend twice as much on shipping processes, including documentation, as they do on actual freight movement.”


Transportation Technology Wises Up

Self-driving trucks, intelligent highways and freight-hauling apps are changing the way goods can be transported and delivered. Semi-autonomous vehicle technologies also offer a potential solution to the shortage of truck drivers, with many drivers having recently retired from the industry. These advanced technologies may actually extend the careers of aging drivers and attract even more candidates to the industry, including women.


12 Stats About Working Women

This Women’s History Month, we’re taking a look at women’s contributions to the U.S. labor force. Here are some noteworthy statistics we’ve rounded up!


Graduate Student Internship in Division of Capital Investment Planning & Development

The NJDOT Bureau of Research has issued this posting on behalf of the division of Capital Investment Planning & Development. The CIPD requires the assistance in the identification, preparation, and submission of project modifications or amendments to the STIP in accordance with the MOU for TIP/STOP changes between the three MPOs, NJ Transit, and NJDOT, fully executed October 2012.

Why Apprenticeships Are Taking Off

For the last decade, the Manpower Group, a human resources consultancy, has tracked the skills gap. It found that employers across the globe are facing the most acute talent shortage since the recession in 2007. Of the more than 42,000 employers surveyed, 40 percent said they are experiencing difficulty filling roles.

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Women Can Build: The Power of Transportation Investment

Last week, influential women leaders led a keynote panel discussion entitled “Women Can Build: The Power of Transportation Investment” at the Women’s Transportation Seminar annual conference in New York.

The panel focused on the catalytic impact that transportation investment can have in creating and expanding good jobs, workforce and business opportunities for women and other historically underserved groups and high-needs communities.

Recording and Resources Now available: Brass Tacks of Knowledge Management for Transportation Organizations

ffThis two-part series highlighted specific knowledge management approaches and techniques with specific applications in transportation organizations. It is designed for staff within human resources, engineering, research, planning, or information technology functions who are interested in starting up a knowledge management initiative or pilot and want to gain an operational understanding of what would be involved. These sessions will provide stories and information from professionals who have implemented knowledge management in their organizations. Versions of these presentations were made at TRB in January 2017(Session 271)

Additional Sponsors: the National Network for the Transportation Workforce (NNTW), TRB Committee on Education and Training (ABG20), and the American Public Transportation Association (APTA)

Part 1: Wednesday May 17th,
Brass Tacks of Knowledge Management: Getting off the Ground

Part 2: Wednesday May 31st, 1-2pm
Brass Tacks of Knowledge Management: Successful Implementation

(The slides in the first presentation did not display correctly during the webinar, but you can access a full set in the link below)

  • Developing a Gold Standard Knowledge Management Program – Dr. Shellie Glass, USSOUTHCOM Chief Knowledge Officer
    • What does it take to apply Knowledge Management capabilities into real application? How do you change a culture, resistant to change, to see the advantages of KM? THE US SOUTHERN Command’s Knowledge Management Office, located in Miami, FL, is responsible for providing and transferring vital information and knowledge throughout its Area of Responsibility (Central and South America and the Caribbean.) The real test of KM’s Rapid Response capability was tested when Hurricane Matthew devastated Haiti in 2016. This presentation demonstrates some of the tools and techniques that were used and which helped to change a resistant culture.
  • One Size Doesn’t Fit All: Start Where You Are — Maureen Hammer, Knowledge Management Engineer, Battelle
    • How you deploy knowledge management is dependent on your organization’s goals and needs. Learn what tools will help you mitigate the potential loss of knowledge due to retirements and the changing workforce; make knowledge and information findable; improve performance; and support innovation. Major lessons learned over twenty years will be shared to help you be successful.

Click here for a complete transcript from our Questions and Answers portion.

becky Becky Burke Becky Burk is the Performance Management Manager at the Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA). Her office is the source of performance measurement reports for the Governor, legislature, Department of Transportation, the general public and within SHA regarding how well SHA is performing. Becky is a member of the AASHTO Knowledge Management Task Force and participates on several AASHTO NCHRP committees that relate to Knowledge Management. Becky earned her Bachelor of Science in Business degree from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.
alexlin Alex Linthicum Alex Linthicum leads the knowledge management program at the U.S. DOT Volpe National Transportation Systems Center. He is responsible for enabling 1100 federal employees and contractors across more than 20 business units to find who and what they need, when they need it. Mr. Linthicum leads both client-facing and internal programs and projects focused on strategy, knowledge management, and planning. Mr. Linthicum has degrees in Systems Engineering and Urban Planning from University of Virginia.
moll Molly Johnson Molly Johnson is responsible for directing the corporate communications program for Dewberry, a 2,000- person engineering firm. She oversees a team of communications and graphics professionals and interfaces regularly with leadership on internally and externally facing initiatives. Molly recently directed the implementation of Dewberry’s social intranet and is currently leading knowledge identification, collection, and transfer activities. She also has responsibility for cultural initiatives, strategic planning efforts, acquisition integrations, and branding. She has 20 years of experience with professional services firms and is a graduate of Davidson College in North Carolina. She has been a guest columnist and contributing author for multiple architecture/engineering industry publications.
kathy Kathy Schumann Kathy Schumann leads employee communications at Mead & Hunt, a nationwide design consulting firm with 550 employees who have diverse expertise and experiences. She is an 18-year veteran of the company, growing her communication skills on the marketing team before taking on the firm’s internal communications role. Kathy is responsible for generating employee engagement regarding knowledge management. She analyzes communication processes for best fit with company culture.
sheila Shellie Glass Dr. Shellie R. Glass has almost 25 years’ federal civilian experience with the Army, Air Force, and Navy. She developed graduate level curriculum at the US Army War College and established four Knowledge Management Programs for the Army’s Logistics Innovation, the Army’s Human Resources Command and currently the US SOUTHCOM. As the US SOUTHCOM’s Chief Knowledge Officer, Dr. Glass leads the command’s Knowledge Management program and project management and business process re-engineering capabilities. She actively networks with leaders of industry, academia, professional associations, and other government agencies on KM. Dr. Glass speaks frequently at conferences, as guest presenter for university courses, and via webinars.
lastone Maureen Hammer Dr. Hammer is a principal researcher with Battelle Memorial Institute in Knowledge Management and has over 25 years of experience in information and knowledge management. During that time, she has created and managed library and information services and knowledge management programs in a variety of industries and is an acknowledged expert in knowledge management in government organizations. She was the Knowledge Officer for one of the largest state departments of transportation and was responsible for creating a program to support knowledge transfer, information services, succession planning, and content and document management. She has significant experience in knowledge transfer tools and techniques, the development and maintenance of knowledge portals and business intelligence delivery systems, information and library services, taxonomy creation, content and document management, and knowledge architecture. She has expertise in leadership and management theory and practice, organizational development, succession planning, change management and conflict management as both a professor and practitioner.

Knowledge Management Resources

NCHRP Research Report 846 ? Improving Findability and Relevance

TRB’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Report 846: Improving Findability and Relevance of Transportation Information (Volumes I and II) provides practices and tools to facilitate on-demand retrieval of useful information stored in project files, libraries, and other agency archives. The report defines a management framework for classification, search, and retrieval of transportation information; documents successful practices for organizing and classifying information that can be adapted to search and retrieval of the diversity of information a transportation agency creates and uses.

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TR News: Applying Knowledge Management (Sept/Oct 2016) Articles cover transportation knowledge networks and communities of practice; lessons from the use and value of knowledge management in other fields; knowledge, information, and learning culture; experience at transportation agencies, including a CEO’s perspective; supporting strategic change and preserving institutional knowledge; plus an overview of the research and applications—and more.



Advances in Transportation Agency Knowledge Management (2014)

This report summarizes the findings from a scan workshop of Knowledge Management (KM) within transportation agencies and other organizations. The purpose of this scan was to identify and document successful KM practices and identify additional needs to advance KM in transportation agencies.


A Guide to Agency-Wide Knowledge Management for State Departments of Transportation (2015)

TRB’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Report 813: A Guide to Agency-Wide Knowledge Management for State Departments of Transportation presents guidance for state transportation agencies on adopting an explicit knowledge management (KM) strategy and the ways that organizations have implemented such strategies. KM is an umbrella term for a variety of techniques for preserving and enhancing the knowledge of an organization’s employees and effectively employing that knowledge as a productive asset.

A web based version is also available:

Looking for concrete practical tools about how to develop your own Knowledge Management plan? Check out the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Knowledge Management Toolkit. This toolkit will help you implement new methods in your organization to better utilize the expertise that you have, and to improve ongoing processes and procedures to retain critical knowledge.

Apprenticeships Instrumental in Closing the Gap

By Lee Worley, Ironworkers Director of Apprenticeship and Training

$400,000 swing between college and the real world!

A recent nationwide survey of 1,459 contractors conducted by the Associated General Contractors of America revealed that 69% are having difficulty finding skilled craft workers. Despite the fact that the number is 10% lower than last year, 75% of construction firms expressed concern that it will be difficult to find hourly craft workers over the next year.
With a young generation not considering construction as a viable career option, a wave of Baby-Boomer retirements and workers who switched careers during the recession, the growing project demand is dipping into a shallow pool of skilled labor. It has resulted in higher prices and longer construction schedules. Inability to find skilled labor hurts the bottom line when companies can’t meet the growing project demand. The ongoing labor shortage can have a ripple effect on the US economy.

However, the future doesn’t have to be as gloomy as it seems now. Apprenticeship programs present an effective solution to the skilled labor shortage. Tapping into the existing high-caliber apprentice labor force is the best option for closing the gap. Highly trained and skilled apprentices with on-the-job training graduate from accredited apprenticeship programs every day. IW
At the Iron Workers, we recognize that apprentices play an essential role in the growth and development of a safe and highly trained workforce. Earn-while-you-learn apprenticeship programs help iron workers make a fair wage with benefits, while training to be a journeyman in the field. The IW training centers collectively spend between $80 and $90 million a year in training a skilled construction workforce and average nearly 50,000 applications every year for the apprenticeship program. We are one of 15 organizations with similar business models, numbers and networks of brick-and-mortar facilities peppered across North America.

Key reasons for the skilled labor shortage is lack of awareness and lack of a plan to build the pipeline of workers. Regrettably, non-traditional career paths are often not presented to young people graduating high school as a viable and lucrative alternative to college. Thus, they are not often well-informed about nontraditional career alternatives. It is time to stop telling our young people that their only path to success is a four-year college degree. We simply need to do better at promoting technical training at middle and high school levels and providing them with more non-traditional choices that lead to well-paying and highly successful careers.

The Department of Labor recognizes that the apprenticeship programs are instrumental in closing the gap and has made them a key component of its workforce development initiatives. According to the DOL, apprenticeships are a proven path to secure careers:

“87% of apprentices are employed after completing their programs with an average starting wage above $50,000. The return on investment for employers is impressive. Studies from around the globe suggest that for every dollar spent on apprenticeship, employers get an average of $1.47 back in increased productivity, reduced waste and greater front-line innovation.”

If you make $50,000 per year versus spending that or more on college, it’s about a $400,000 swing. The Secretary of Labor, Thomas Perez, relies on the Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship (ACA) for advice on workforce development and apprenticeship matters. I’m honored to serve on the ACA to help bring career-based solutions to address the skilled labor shortage. The experience and success of time-tested, earn-while-you-learn apprenticeship models, such as the IW apprenticeship program, serve as a valuable resource for the Department’s initiatives.
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Heavy Operating Engineer Builds Bridges and Opportunity

Debbie Currie, a 55-year-old grandmother of five, had worked a variety of retail jobs over the years while raising her three children.

Several years ago, a close friend who was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 4 invited her to a union function. There Debbie learned about Local 4’s apprenticeship program, and looking for a more rewarding career path, she decided to apply.

For the last three and half years Debbie has been working on the Route 79/Braga Bridge Improvements Project in Fall River, Massachusetts. The project is one of the five largest projects of a $3 billion effort to reduce the number of structurally deficient bridges in the state, and is a mega construction project that receives federal funding.

“As an apprentice you are guaranteed work so if you get laid off from one project, you just go to another project,” said Debbie. “You get to work for different companies who are hired by the general contractor to complete different phases of the job which creates an opening to not only learn, but to operate the machines when given the chance. Time in the seat is your best teacher.”

Debbie graduated her apprenticeship in June 2015 while working for Barletta Heavy Division Inc. The company kept her on and she transferred from an apprentice to a journeywoman on a front-end loader earning the full rate of pay for a fully licensed heavy operating engineer. She has all classes of hoisting licenses and is certified to operate cranes by the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators.

“Being a women working in construction I felt as though I had to prove myself and show I could do the job and work with people from all different trades,” said Debbie. “I feel like have been trained very well and I have been well-received by my coworkers. I’m very thankful for the opportunity to work for this company. It’s amazing to see the landscape here change from the demolition phase to new bridges with better traffic flow. I take pride in seeing something built from beginning to end and I’m sure the people of Fall River will be happy when it’s done.”

Interested in apprenticeship opportunities? Learn more at

Editor’s note: The “DOL Working for You” series highlights the Labor Department’s programs in action. View other blog posts in the series here.

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs’ Mega Construction Project Program ensures that federal construction contractors and subcontractors receiving taxpayer dollars to construct buildings, highways, and other projects make job opportunities in the construction trades available to applicants and employees regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

James Lally is a public affairs specialist for the department in Boston.


Heavy operating engineer Debbie Currie with the front-end loader she operates at work on the Route 79/Braga Bridge Improvements Project in Fall River, Massachusetts, Nov. 18, 2016.


Driving Without Gas: How Electric Vehicles are Transforming the Education and Workforce Landscape


November 10, 2016 Webinar Resources

Thank you for participating in the program.

The webinar was recorded and a link to the presentation and resources can be found at:

Objectives –

  1. What are the key skills needed in future workers to support an Alt Fuel fleet?
  2. How can employers and educators partner to boost career pathways in the field?
  3. Why is this critical now?
  4. What has been the key learning from different program approaches in the EV education field to expand or replicate these efforts?


Resources –

The NETWC has produced a white paper to discuss the workforce development needs related to advancing an Alternative Fuel Fleet.  You can access this draft paper at:

We want your feedback as we finalize this paper to help inform educators and workforce development organizations.  There is a link to a feedback from on the cover of the paper.

The Electric Auto Association  has a number of chapters nation-wide that are good partners for programming.

One source of kits and materials for hands-on educational activities that was references is Solar Made is Colorado.

The three featured programs:

Charlie Garlow and Eric Takamura, from Washington, DC Electric Vehicle Grand Prix & Global EEE – 

West Philly High School, The Workshop School and the EVX team

Garden Grove Unified School District in Garden Grove, CA & SWITCH Vehicles

The documentary Fast Times at West Philly High, referenced by Simon Hauger, can be accessed at:

Co-Sponsored by:



Northeast Alternative Fuel Workforce Network

Capital Clean Cities of Connecticut

Norwich Clean Communities

Greater New Haven Clean Cities Coalition

Greater Washington Region Clean Cities Coalition

Delaware Clean Cities Coalition

Maine Clean Communities

New Jersey Clean Cities Coalition

Capital District Clean Communities

Clean Communities of Central New York

Genesee Region Clean Communities

Eastern Pennsylvania Alliance for Clean Transportation (EP-ACT)

Ocean State Clean Cities Coalition

Vermont Clean Cities Coalition



Charlie Garlow’s Modified Electric Porsche